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High Court win on school chaplaincy funding

“ Fairfax painted me as an Australian Forrest Gump wandering into the High Court asking for my religious freedom. But I knew early what this case was about.”

The High Court has ruled against the government’s controversial school chaplaincy scheme. A report on the man who beat God.

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John Williams, Ian Macdonald, Cory Bernardi: enemies within

All eyes are on the PUP senators-elect but the government is bracing for dissent from its own.

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The Henderson gigs

In an unreleased review he chaired into the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Gerard Henderson recommended he be put in charge of judges. Now he’s got his wish, for a much richer prize.

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World

The collapse of Iraq

Has the US project to reshape Iraq failed? Here are the origins of the state’s internal divisions, and the advent of ISIS, a group thought too radical even by al-Qaeda.

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Life and death decisions

“I felt so totally alone with the knowledge of Bill’s decision. It was almost too terrible to comprehend… ”

When a gravely ill man chose to discontinue his treatment and let himself die, his wife faced the most difficult week of her life. But she also understood the value of a proud and planned exit.

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Opinion

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Opinion

James Brown
The truth about pragmatists

“As parties have had to chase an increasingly swinging vote, their policies have become more pragmatic.”

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Letters & Editorial

Cartoon

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Editorial
Church in a state

Letters

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We’re being sold a PUP

In all seriousness I cannot see anything coming out of this latest gambit by Clive Palmer (“Professor Palmer’s indecent proposal”, June 14-20). All it demonstrates, at least …

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Horror and despair

As a father of a one-year-old boy, reading Martin McKenzie-Murray’s two-part story “Catching a teenage murderer”, June 7-13 and June 14-20, I was almost sick. Earlier this year my house was …

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Culture

Profile

From stage to screen for Simon Russell Beale’s King Lear

He has enchanted audiences and critics alike, but for Simon Russell Beale the dark souls of his subjects leave a lasting impression.

Art

Concrete ideas at MUMA

A new exhibition explores the dichotomy between the real and the abstract, the free-flowing and the solid.

Portrait

Forgotten but not gone: the inner world of Chris Flynn

Author Chris Flynn on the struggle to remember.

Food

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Food

Ways with curd

What's the quintessential Australian dish? Meringue with passionfruit, of course.

Life

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Architecture

Unfolding Modernism at the 14th Venice Biennale

The singular vision of Dutch master Rem Koolhaas has delivered an unusually pluralist Venice Biennale.

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Technology

US start-up Eterni.me aims to create virtual immortality

A US company plans to use our social media presence to create a virtual avatar that will live on after we die. But will loved ones want to message us after we’ve departed?

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Sport

High point: Patty Mills, 25, basketballer

He shoots; he scores… How star Aussie export Patty Mills set the NBA alight.

Books

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Joanna Rakoff
My Salinger Year

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The Quiz

1. The European Union comprises how many member states: (a) 21; (b) 24; or (c) 28? (Bonus points for naming the four that begin with ‘S’.)
2. What is the next prime number after 23?
3. What is the name of Popeye’s love interest?
4. What is the three-letter name of a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.
5. In which country are the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu?
6. Where in the human body would you find the sclera?
7. Roku is Japanese for which number?
8. In cooking, what name is given to the combination of lemon zest, garlic and parsley?
9. Hard Choices is a memoir by which US politician?
10. Which Australian city will host the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit in November?

Quotes

POLITICS

“My time of departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have run the race. I have kept the faith.”

– Ron BoswellThe sixth longest-serving senator since Federation, scourge of racists and environmentalists alike, proves three metaphors are better than one. Bozzie, who once campaigned under the slogan “He’s not pretty, but he’s pretty effective”, gave his valedictory speech after 31 years in the upper house.

DIPLOMACY

“We’re not getting the outcomes we should expect from the billions and billions of dollars we invest in aid, so I want to see better outcomes.”

– Julie BishopThe foreign affairs minister explains how slashing foreign aid will help developing nations.

LANGUAGE

“Bonsoir. Je m’appelle Antoine. Je suis ici pour arrête les bateaux.”

– Tony AbbottThe prime minister uses the press gallery’s Midwinter Ball to prove he can exploit racist anxiety in two languages, bringing schoolboy French to his promise to stop the boats.

ENVIRONMENT

“We’ve delivered nearly everything that UNESCO has asked of us, and by next year we’ll have done that.”

– Andrew PowellThe Queensland environment minister takes a broad definition of “nearly” as he confronts criticism of dumping on the Great Barrier Reef at the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.

SPORT

“If this was the 15th century, songs would be written about this game.”

– Roger BennettThe ESPN reporter waxes religious about Australia’s 3-2 loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.

CRIME

“Whers my money? Tik tok!”

– SuspectSomeone semi-literate and very angry scrawls the missive on a white garage door on the Gold Coast, in what may or may not have been the blood of a decapitated cat. The car in the driveway was also torched. Police believe the crime involved a fight over a girl and a sum of $1000 to be paid to an aggrieved suitor.